Just two weeks removed from their Phase 2 Championship in the PUBG Europe League, FaZe Clan claimed another title at the GLL Grand Slam: PUBG Classic.
The second PUBG Classic of the year took place over the weekend, live from Stockholm, Sweden. Sixteen of the best teams across four regions competed for a $300,000 prize pool, among them were the likes of Team Liquid, Cloud 9, Natus Vincere, and G2 Esports. The tournament was full of lead changes and highlights from some of the biggest names in competitive PUBG, delivering fans yet another exciting global event.
Showcasing a complete and consistent performance throughout the tournament, FaZe Clan entered the final match in a four-team fight for first place. The first phase zone set the stage for a chaotic ending to the south of Mylta Power, also known as “factory”. This happens to be the preferred looting territory for FaZe Clan, and as the zone closed and one team after another dropped out of reach of first place, a “FaZe Sunday” became evident. With only a few points separating the top teams, a victory on the final match of the tournament secured this roster with their first championship on a global stage.
Entering the final match in first place, with a nine-point lead, Athletico was poised to achieve the unthinkable. The team played impressively throughout Phase 2 in their AU & NZ Championship, sweeping through their region with ease. The question upon the team’s arrival in Stockholm was, how will they perform against a much more talented group of opponents?
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To the surprise of many, the team immediately caught our attention and exited Day 1 in fifth place. Unfortunately for the team and their supporters, the final match of the event had an unfavorable plane path that sent Athletico into their parachutes early, as they stretched to reach Rozhok to begin their looting phase.
The tournament came down to the final match, as FaZe Clan ultimately played spoiler to the incredible underdog story that had formed for Athletico. It may be tough to block out what-if scenarios but the underrated team that swept through their region with ease should be extremely proud to take home second place. They certainly proved doubters wrong during this event and will take home a $60,000 paycheck as a reminder of their incredible performance.
The GLL Grand Slam also hosted the best five teams from the National PUBG League. Unfortunately, the best placement was eighth by The Rumblers. It was a rough event for North America and fans in the debate of which region is superior, but credit where credit is due, Europe has proven they are the strongest on a global stage.